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Art Through Time: A Global View

Writing (#108)

The relationship between text and images can enhance, supplement, complicate and manipulate ideas. [26 minutes] Closed Captioning

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Program Description: Throughout history and across cultures, people have shown a fascination with faces, and in turn, with portrait representation. The depiction of an individual likeness is about identification, but more than that, it is a record of an interaction between an artist and a sitter, both of whom contribute to the portrait?s form and content. Far from being mirror reflections, portraits are complex constructions of identity that serve a range of functions from expressing power and declaring status to making larger statements about society at a given point in history.

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